SD sub­mits E1.2Bn fund­ing re­quest to Global Fund

Observer on Saturday - - News - By Ackel Zwane

Swazi­land Coun­try Co­or­di­nat­ing Mech­a­nism (CCM) has suc­cess­fully sub­mit­ted the TB-HIV fund­ing re­quest amount­ing to $92.5 mil­lion (E1186141375).

The coun­try’s sub­mis­sion is in ad­di­tion to a malaria one which had been sub­mit­ted in March early this year.

The scope of the fund­ing re­quest cov­ers both HIV and TB pro­grammes; with a fo­cus on ado­les­cent girls, young women (AGYW) and key pop­u­la­tions; HIV preven­tion is sig­nif­i­cantly en­hanced, ac­count­ing for more than a fifth of the to­tal bud­get.

The break­down en­tails $47.2 mil­lion of this amount is within the Global Fund coun­try’s al­lo­ca­tion, $1.5 mil­lion is a match­ing funds re­quest for cat­alytic fund­ing to pre­vent HIV among AGYW; and $43.8 mil­lion was a pri­ori­tised above al­lo­ca­tion re­quest (PAAR).

Ac­cord­ing

Ac­cord­ing to CCM Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary Vulindlela Msibi the process to de­velop this fund­ing re­quest was not only smooth, but also one of the most con­sul­ta­tive ever em­barked on.

“We were able to reach out with all rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers (gov­ern­ment, civil so­ci­ety and part­ners) in­clud­ing those af­fected by the two dis­eases; such as peo­ple liv­ing with HIV, exmine work­ers, peo­ple who use drugs, TB sur­vivors, ex-pris­on­ers as well as ado­les­cent girls and young women.

We re­ceived tremen­dous sup­port from gov­ern­ment and part­ners which en­abled the CCM Fund­ing Re­quest De­vel­op­ment Team to con­duct ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tions with all rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers.

We are also ap­pre­cia­tive to the writ­ing teams who were armed with dif­fer­ent tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise and com­pe­ten­cies. We thank their em­ploy­ers as well for re­leas­ing th­ese teams for the na­tional as­sign­ment; du­ra­tion of about three months.

Travel

The teams also had to travel to En­tebbe, Uganda in July for an in­depth tech­ni­cal peer re­view process; where there were six coun­tries in­volved and Swazi­land’s draft was ranked as the best. We had a to­tal of five con­sul­tants through the sup­port of the UN fam­ily in Swazi­land who are also part of the CCM.”

He said the CCM was work­ing to­wards strength­en­ing grant over­sight with a view to im­prov­ing over­all grant ab­sorp­tion rate which cur­rently stands at 75 per cent on average. He said they were plan­ning on reach­ing higher grant per­for­mance as this will re­sult in the de­sired greater im­pacts and out­comes avoid los­ing the avail­able re­sources back to the Global Fund. “Swazi­land is grate­ful to the Global Fund and we are very ex­cited about this fund­ing op­por­tu­nity for our next fund­ing cy­cle, 2018- 2021.

The fund­ing re­quest is tai­lored to ma­te­rial change, which is in­tended to be less com­pre­hen­sive than full re­view ap­pli­ca­tions. The tai­lored re­view is sup­posed to iden­tify ma­te­rial changes that might have oc­curred in the coun­try, lead­ing to the need to re­vise and/or re-pri­ori­tise cer­tain pro­gram ar­eas funded by the Global Fund.”

In terms of the im­ple­men­ta­tion ar­range­ments, the CCM re­tained NERCHA as the gov­ern­ment Prin­ci­pal Re­cip­i­ent (PR) and the CANGO as the civil so­ci­ety PR.

The tech­ni­cal re­view panel is ex­pected to meet from 29 Septem­ber - 6 Oc­to­ber to re­view the fund­ing re­quest. We ex­pect to re­ceive feed­back from the Global Fund in mid-Oc­to­ber this year.

This will be fol­lowed by grant mak­ing (ne­go­ti­a­tion) phase. Grant sign­ing is an­tic­i­pated some­time mid next year; and to re­ceive the first grant dis­burse­ment by Septem­ber for im­ple­men­ta­tion from Oc­to­ber 1, 2018when the cur­rent grants ex­pire in Septem­ber next year.

New

It is also time for a new CCM as the cur­rent term ex­pires in Septem­ber 2017 (from July 2014). The new three year of­fice ten­ure will be from Oc­to­ber 2017 un­til 2020. It time for elec­tions or mem­ber­ship re­newal.

The con­stituen­cies are en­cour­aged to con­duct elec­tions for new mem­bers dur­ing this month of Septem­ber. Ori­en­ta­tion/ in­duc­tion of the new mem­bers is sched­uled to take place late Oc­to­ber (next month).

FUND­ING RE­QUEST: CCM Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary Vulindlela Msibi.

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